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7 companies bid for convention center project

WILMINGTON -- Seven companies submitted bids to build the city of Wilmington's new convention center. The low bidder actually came in $3 million under the city's estimate. However, it's the same company that built New Hanover County's new jail, which ended up over-budget and took nearly a year and a half more than originally scheduled. J.M. Thompson Company won the bid at just over $28 million. City and county leaders say even though there were problems with the jail, there should be no problem building the convention center on time. By law the city has to accept the lowest bid, if the contractor meets the criteria set forth by the city. All seven companies who bid did meet that criteria. New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell said the problem with the jailhouse construction was more of a management issue, and a disagreement between the contractor and the architect. Those disagreements were eventually settled in mediation. Shell said the overall quality of workmanship on the jail project was good. Regarding the convention center project, the city has already contracted with a company called MBP to manage J.M.Thompson Company's work on the convention center. There could be incentives for completing the convention center ahead of schedule and penalties for getting behind. Wilmington City Council will vote next Tuesday to make the bid on the project official.

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J.M. Thompson Co???

Who is the owner of this company???

Built the NHC jail

This is the same company that underbid the new jail also. Remember that...took them an extra $4 million and were 2 years past the scheduled finish date. Looks like we are heading for another Mayfaire debacle. Why don't they take this convention center money and fix the roads and make this city look appealing.

read up on the hotel tax up on what the hotel tax is that's building this convention center and you'll learn it can't be used for roads.

Great idea!

Yes, that is fantastic. If this is the same company as who built the jail, then let's say...awww... nevermind... and then put the money into the roads and perhaps the bridges around the three counties. I vote yes.... now, how can we get that suggestion to those that are seeing dollar signs in the convention center??

Yeah the lowest bidder

Yeah the lowest bidder usually bids so low so they get the job than at sometime through the project its OPPS we under bid, its going to cost X amount of money over the original bid to complete the project. Sneaky lil commercial builders

"Still no Hotel in the

"Still no Hotel in the works". Hurry up and run this through before anyone else notices that!

Ironic? Maybe Not...

J.M Thompson COmpany - Richard A. ("Dickie") Thompson, John M. Thompson,Hal Martin ("Marty") Thompson, and Hal A. Thompson ... (Raleigh, NC) Any relation to Jason Thompson on city council?

Not in the least

Dig a little further. Even the Star News could figure this one out given enough time.

Your ALL wrong

So the convention center was finished on time and looks great. The workmanship speaks to the value of the company. You should check out the evidence brought against new hanover county officials hitting golf balls at the jail site...